Wedding Day Self Care: 10 Tips for Brides To Live Your Best Life on Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is almost upon us and there are many things to consider when preparing for the biggest celebration of your life. You’ve read all the tips on how to choose catering, colors, and guest favors. Since this day is your day, we want to make sure you also take care of yourself! Feeling great and looking your best will help you get the most out of your big day. Here are our top ten golden nuggets of advice for all you foxy brides out there on your wedding day!

1. Start hydrated and stay hydrated.

First things first: drink two large glasses of water when you wake up on the morning of your wedding day. By doing this, your skin will be glowing and you will feel refreshed. Throughout the entirety of the celebration, remember to consume extra water.

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2. Abandon your phone and watch.

Ditch your phone and watch for the day! Don’t be concerned about what is being posted to social media or who may be texting you. Designate a trusted bridesmaid or friend to manage your essential communications. Trust your wedding planner to coordinate timing appropriately and keep the day flowing. It is important to be entirely in the moment and enjoy your wedding day.

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3.  Surround yourself with people who make you truly happy.

Getting ready for your wedding should be relaxing and pleasant. Prioritize your experience and keep your immediate company to those who will add positively to your day. For example, if you have a bridesmaid you felt obligated to include in your wedding party, discretely organize hair and makeup sessions to give yourself some distance from that person. If your beloved mom can also be a bit overwhelming, ask your best friend to be on “mom duty” for the day. By making these arrangements in advance, you will minimize conflicts on the wedding day.

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4. Look like you.

Hair and makeup is a fun way to enhance your natural beauty for your special occasion. Do what makes you feel your absolute best. Don’t be convinced by others to get carried away with a crazy hairstyle or heavy makeup that doesn’t make you feel like yourself. To get an idea of how a certain look feels on you, do a trial run of planned hair and makeup to find the style you love before a date night or your Bachelorette party!

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5. Monitor your alcohol consumption.

Feel free to enjoy a bit of bubbly with your bridesmaids while getting ready. However, don’t forget to balance your alcohol consumption with water, food, and time before the ceremony. We encourage you to have a good time, but not to go overboard.

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6. Eat!

Brides often get wedding day butterflies that give them a weird gut feeling, reducing their normal appetite. However, it is essential to make yourself eat something before the celebration begins. Dinner will be a long time away, and standing for extended periods of time in a long dress is not easy. You don’t want to feel poorly or, worst of all, faint. Before hopping into your gorgeous gown, munch on a little something — you’ll thank yourself later!

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7. Pack extra shoes.

There is nothing worse than being miserable by the time cocktail hour rolls around because your feet are killing you. We encourage brides to change their shoes often. Wear your cute heels for the ceremony and photos, but beyond that we urge you to wear heels only when you absolutely must. Bring a comfortable pair of flip flops or slippers to get ready in, a pair of flats for after the ceremony, and your most comfortable shoes to dance the night away. Being comfortable will allow you to have a good time!

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8. Stick with your partner.

We always encourage you to enjoy the company of your best girlfriends, but your wedding day is all about celebrating you and your partner. Make a conscious effort to spend the day side by side. Make memories together, enjoying the start of your new chapter!

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9. Get out on the dance floor!

If you want the dance floor at your wedding to be fun, lead by example. No one else will start dancing if the couple isn’t, so make sure the DJ starts the night with some of your favorites and get out there! This is a time to let loose and enjoy the festivities, so soak it all in and let yourself have a good time.

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10. Plan your exit ahead of time.

There comes a point in the night where there are few enough guests remaining that you will have to say goodbye to each and every person, leaving yourselves the last people left at your own wedding. Do not wait until this moment to leave! Avoid this uncomfortable scenario by planning a sendoff in advance. Or, if you prefer, do an Irish farewell, quietly exiting and letting the party continue. Either way, plan it!

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From properly fueling yourself for the day to prioritizing your own comfort to making arrangements that will help the day flow smoothly, these tips will help you, as a bride, enjoy your wedding day to the fullest!

Sneak Peek: Lauren & Jrue’s Wedding Style!

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Hi friends, it’s Katrina the new Marisa Nicole, Weddings & Events intern here!

Today I’m happy to give you all a sneak peek of one of the first weddings I’ve done with the Marisa Nicole team.  From the spectacular venue to the beautiful décor, I couldn’t get enough of Lauren Cheney and Jrue Holiday’s wedding.  My iPhone pictures don’t do this wedding justice, but I hope that it gives you a glimpse of the sweet details of this wonderful wedding!

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Let’s start off with Lauren and Jrue – they are simply the best!  These two are the most down-to-earth people and anyone can tell that they’re in love from a mile away.  They made their wedding reflect their fun and charismatic personalities with just a touch of southern elegance.

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Cypress Sea Cove in Malibu was the venue for this special day.  It was literally located on the ocean!  Need I say more?  The beautiful wooden cross at the front of the ceremony complimented the wooden chairs that sat their loved ones during their “I Do’s.”

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After the ceremony, the bridal party and guests made their way over to cocktail hour on the other side of the venue. To grab a mask for snapshots at the photo booth or to grab espresso from the coffee station: that was the question!  If neither of those options appealed to one’s fancy, guests could always just sit back and relax in the custom-built lounge areas.

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Prior to the family style dinner service, everyone had the opportunity to admire the beautiful table décor and flower arrangements.  The white lace runners set the stage for the gorgeous array of summertime flowers (compliments of the rather fantastic Enchanted Garden Floral Design) that brightened up these wooden dinner tables.

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I have to say that my favorite parts of this wedding would be the uniquely designed lemonade stand and pie station.  From basil mint lemonade to strawberry rhubarb pie, these set-ups could cure anyone’s sweet tooth!  Let’s just say that wedding cake and champagne might be replaced with pie and lemonade as major wedding traditions very soon!

I hope that you enjoyed my sneak peek of this fabulous Malibu wedding.  Stay tuned for professional photographs from the wonderful team at Iris & Light, with full details, in an upcoming blog! Oh, and a special thanks to Andrew Abajian (our super talented cinematographer) for the top photo of the love birds.